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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-11-25

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission impose la collecte et le recyclage de toutes les piles
  • [02] Company taxation : Commission reviews progress on removal of cross- border tax obstacles
  • [03] La Commission propose un réseau d'information sécurisé, accessible sur le web, pour la gestion des flux migratoires
  • [04] Weakening growth in investment and increasing brain drain : two major threats to the European knowledge-based economy
  • [05] La Commission approuve le rachat de Transiciel par Cap Gemini
  • [06] Space : EU and European Space Agency sign cooperation agreement
  • [07] EU-India Summit : an opportunity to strengthen relations
  • [08] Mario Monti launches competition dialogue with China
  • [09] Commission and Lebanon hold their second economic dialogue meeting
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 25/11/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 25/11/2003

  • [01] La Commission impose la collecte et le recyclage de toutes les piles

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de nouvelle directive qui imposera la collecte et le recyclage de toutes les piles mises sur le marché de l'UE. Cette directive vise à éviter l'incinération ou la mise en décharge des piles et donc à récupérer les différents métaux qui entrent dans leur composition. En effet, en raison des métaux qu'elles contiennent, les piles posent des problèmes écologiques lorsqu'elles sont incinérées ou mises en décharge. De plus, comme la fabrication des piles exige des milliers de tonnes de métaux différents, leur collecte et leur recyclage contribueront grandement à préserver les ressources naturelles. La directive proposée vise à instaurer, au niveau de l'UE, un cadre régissant les plans nationaux de collecte et de recyclage et assurera le bon fonctionnement du marché intérieur. En préparant cette proposition, la Commission a réalisé une analyse d'impact approfondie qui a permis d'établir que les mesures proposées sont les solutions politiques les plus durablement valables du point de vue environnemental, économique et social.

    [02] Company taxation : Commission reviews progress on removal of cross- border tax obstacles

    An overview of the European Commission's efforts to remove the tax obstacles affecting businesses operating across frontiers within the Internal Market has just been presented by the Commission. In it, the Commission confirms its commitment to its 2001 strategy (see IP/01/1468) for a series of legislative proposals and initiatives to address specific tax obstacles in the short term, as well as for work on a more wide-ranging long-term solution of allowing companies to use a single company tax base (taxable profits) for all their EU-wide activities. Good progress has been achieved on targeted initiatives with new legislative proposals under discussion in the EU's Council, more proposals and guidelines planned and a forum in place to tackle transfer pricing tax problems. With regard to the longer term, the Commission presents ideas for a pilot scheme that would allow small and medium-sized enterprises to use the tax rules of their home state for computing their EU-wide taxable profits. It also announces plans for work with Member States and businesses on using financial accounts as a starting point for a single tax base (taxable profits) and on possible arrangements for apportioning a single base between different Member States. The Commission's report will be discussed at a Company Tax Conference in Rome on 5-6 December (see IP/03/1395).

    [03] La Commission propose un réseau d'information sécurisé, accessible sur le web, pour la gestion des flux migratoires

    La Commission européenne a décidé de transmettre au Conseil et au Parlement européen une proposition de décision, à l'initiative du Commissaire chargé de la Justice et des Affaires intérieures, M. António Vitorino, qui a pour objectif d'établir un réseau d'information et de coordination sécurisé accessible sur le web pour les services des Etats membres chargés de la gestion des flux migratoires.

    [04] Weakening growth in investment and increasing brain drain : two major threats to the European knowledge-based economy

    Today in Brussels European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin presented two new publications on Europe's position in research and innovation. The "Key figures 2003-2004 for science, technology and innovation", and the "Brain drain study - Emigration flows for qualified scientists" display a bleak picture. The March 2000 Lisbon European Council's call to turn Europe into a world-class economic powerhouse, and the subsequent March 2002 Barcelona Council's objective of boosting EU spending on R&D from 1,9 to 3% by 2010, are far from being met. Progress is slow and in some areas we are even losing ground. The growth rate of investment in the knowledge-based economy is declining ; the R&D investment gap between the EU and the US is increasing in favour of the US and 'brain drain' is on the rise. The two new publications highlight an overall deterioration of Europe's scientific and technological performance.

    [05] La Commission approuve le rachat de Transiciel par Cap Gemini

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à un projet de concentration par lequel la société française Cap Gemini, active dans les technologies de l'information, acquiert le contrôle unique du groupe français Transiciel, actif dans le même secteur d'activité par voie d'une offre publique d'achat. (L'opération, qui avait été notifiée le 22 octobre, a été examinée sous une procédure simplifiée).

    [06] Space : EU and European Space Agency sign cooperation agreement

    On the heels of the launch of the White Paper on Space, European space policy took another leap forward as the European Community (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have successfully completed negotiations on a new Framework Agreement. The Agreement was signed today in Brussels by European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, ESA Director-General Jean- Jacques Dordain and Letizia Moratti, Italian Minister for Education, University and Research. Fields of cooperation include science and technology, earth observation, navigation, communication by satellite, human space flight and micro-gravity, launchers, and spectrum policy related to space. The EC and ESA will launch and fund joint projects, participate in each other's schemes, create common management agencies, carry out studies and jointly organise conferences and training of scientists, exchange and share experts, equipment and materials, and access to facilities.

    [07] EU-India Summit : an opportunity to strengthen relations

    On 29 November 2002, the 4th EU-India Summit will take place in New Delhi to review the state of the bilateral relationship and examine means to further strengthen ties. Attending the summit will be Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India, accompanied by his Minister for External Affairs Yashwant Sinha and their EU counterparts, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in his capacity as President of the European Council, assisted by High Representative for the CFSP Javier Solana, President of the European Commission Romano Prodi and Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten, will participate in the Summit meeting. Commissioner Patten will also be visiting India from the 27th November with a programme in Chennai (Madras) and New Delhi, including meetings with a number of senior members of the government.

    [08] Mario Monti launches competition dialogue with China

    On 24 November, European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti signed with the ministerial authorities responsible for the drafting of the new Chinese competition law a declaration, which marks the beginning of a competition policy dialogue between the Commission and the Chinese authorities. It is the first time that China has embarked on such a dialogue. The event took place during a visit to China which covered such issues as the role of competition policy in a modern economy and how cooperation between the EU and China in this field can be improved.

    [09] Commission and Lebanon hold their second economic dialogue meeting

    On 24 November 2003 the European Commission hosted will host the 2nd EC- Lebanon economic dialogue in Brussels. On the Commission side the discussions were led by Christian Leffler, Directorate General External Relations, and Alexander Italianer, Directorate General Economy and Finance. Marwan Hamadeh, Minister of Economy and Trade, headed the Lebanese team. The agenda included : Lebanon's economic perspectives and performance, EU economic situation, Lebanese industrial competitiveness under the new free trade agreement, and the impact of enlargement on the Lebanese economy. The two sides agreed to deepen coordination on implementation of the Association Agreement and accepted the idea in principle of establishing an experts group to examine areas of concern to Lebanon, such as high energy and production costs facing industry. The EU policy for Wider Europe featured prominently in the discussions, including Lebanon's expressed enthusiasm to fully participate in it. Contacts on trade matters will continue through the network of trade coordinators set up earlier this year.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Neil Kinnock : "Future of the European quarter" at the Fondation Quartier Européen

    Discours de M. Busquin : "Les dernières statistiques de la science et de la technologie doivent pousser l'Europe à réagir" propos liminaires de sa conférence de presse 'Présentation des chiffres clés 2003-2004 sur la Science, la Technologie et l'Innovation' et 'Etude sur la fuite des cerveaux'

    Commission company tax strategy - frequently asked questions

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Compétitivité (points Recherche)


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